The whole playing at home thing is working out very well for Clayton’s Evan Phillips and Cary’s Max Povse. The Triangle natives, pitching this season for the Carolina Mudcats, were both named to the Carolina League All-Star squad last week.
The pair will help the Carolina League challenge the California League in the annual Carolina-California League All-Star Game on June 21, in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Phillips, 21 and a Clayton High grad, had an earned-run average of just 0.82 through his first 16 games and 22 innings of work for the Braves’ Class High-A affiliate club. The right-hander is in just his second season (first full) of pro baseball.
Povse, 22 and a Green Hope High grad, was second in the Carolina League with 64 strikeouts over 63.1 innings and has made 11 starts. He was a third-round selection of the Braves in 2014.
We’ll have more on the two local All-Stars in an upcoming issue.
Mudcats set doubleheader times: The Carolina Mudcats and Wilmington Blue Rocks will play a pair of doubleheaders to make up rained out games during their home stand June 16-19. On Thursday, June 16, the action begins at 5 p.m. at Five County Stadium. A doubleheader is also set for Saturday, June 18, beginning at 4 p.m. All games in Carolina League doubleheaders are seven innings each.
Stephenson continues an amazing spring: Whatever the future in golf holds for recent South Johnston High graduate Patrick Stephenson, the spring of 2016 is going to always be a special time for the standout left-hander.
Stephenson added another title to his spring run — to go along with the NCHSAA 3A state individual championship — earlier this month, making it back-to-back wins in the Bojangles Junior Open. The East Carolina University recruit led wire-to-wire in the 94-man field which featured players from across the state. He opened with a 5-under-par 67 and finished at 3-under for the tournament, winning by three strokes over Jake Rutter of Winston-Salem.
The final round was played in heavy wind with players trying to avoid big numbers on holes more so than birdies. Stephenson made eight straight pars to close out the win.
“I was pretty sure if I made par I would win so I played it safe. I couldn’t quite make my birdie putt, but I was happy with a par there.” Stephenson said of the 18th hole. “I knew if I came here and played well I would have a good chance. It is always nice to shoot a few under par in a tournament.”
Patrick Schweitz, a Cleveland High grad, tied for 17th in the tournament and Noah Kallam, a rising junior, from Clayton tied for 22nd.
Farr qualifies for N.C. Amateur: Former Clayton High and Appalachian State golfer Andrew Furr was one of 17 to qualify for the N.C. Amateur Championship from a sectional qualifier at Hasentree Country Club in Wake Forest.
He joins Stephenson in the field.
The 56th N.C. Amateur is set for June 16-19 at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill.